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For other uses, see Probotector (disambiguation).

The Probotector is a fighting robot that was developed in top secret by a special scientific mechanized unit.
~ Super Probotector instruction booklet description

Probotectors are the main protagonists in most European game versions of the Contra series. These fighting robots would eventually become their own individual characters in later sequels and reboots.

Background

When Konami released the NES version of the original Contra in the PAL region (Europe and Australia), they modified the game by replacing the original main characters and most of the human enemies with robotic counterparts, re-titling the game as "Probotector" (a portmanteau of "robot" and "protector"). The two new protagonists, RD008 and RC011, replaced Bill Rizer and Lance Bean, respectively. This was presumably done due to the German Federal Agency BPjM, which banned the sales of media deemed too violent for children, including "content which glorifies war", thus requiring the change to robotic characters.

In Contra 4, a Probotector appears as a secret character and received something of a canon update; Probotector units are armed recon robots specifically used in areas normally too dangerous or threatening for humans to enter, an open reference to their appearance as the protagonists of the early European Contra games. Much as was the case for Scorpion and Mad Dog in Contra 4, Probotectors canonically served alongside Bill Rizer and Lance Bean during the first Galuga Island conflict.

Characters

  • RD008: Player 1 in Probotector. A gray robot who also appears as an extra character in Contra 4, simply called "Probotector" in that game. In Probotector II and the cover box art for Super Probotector, his color is blue.
  • RC011: Player 2 in Probotector. A blue robot who appears as an extra palette swap for RD008 in Contra 4. In Probotector II and Super Probotector, his color is red.
  • CX-1: Blue combat robot in Probotector (MD); he replaces Ray Poward in that version. Leader of Probotectors. A professional warrior, and weapons specialist.
  • CX-2: Red combat robot in Probotector (MD); he replaces Sheena Etranzi in that version. Well experienced in guerrilla fighting. No one can beat him in jungle battle.
  • CX-3: Mechanical werewolf in Probotector (MD); he replaces Brad Fang in that version. The battle leader of the Probotectors with the strongest power.
  • CX-4: Small combat robot in Probotector (MD); he replaces Browny in that version. Because he was already a robot in the original version, he uses the same sprite. A swift and flexible professional in gathering and analyzing information.
  • Unnamed Commander: Missions commander in Probotector (MD); he replaces Commander Doyle in that version.

Appearances

Note: Years indicate the dates the versions that include the Probotector characters were released, not the release dates of the original versions of the games.

Quotes and sounds

Note: In Probotector (MD), each Probotector shares its voice clips with its respective Contra: Hard Corps human/robot counterpart.

Contra 4

Notes

  • To unlock Probotector as a playable character in Contra 4, the player is required to complete twelve challenges in "Challenge" mode.
    • It's worth mentioning that Contra 4 was never released in Europe, which would make this appearance something of an oddity, as the Probotector character would be appearing in a game where he'd have no logical reason to be.

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Trivia

  • In Probotector (the European version of Contra: Hard Corps), CX-2, the Probotector unit who replaced Sheena Etranzi, doesn't appear to have female features and is referred to with male pronouns in-game (e.g.: When apprehended in a single player game, the Alien Master says "take him"). However, when CX-2 is chosen in the Character Select screen, he retains Sheena's voice clip ("Let's rock!") from the US version.
  • The European version of Contra: The Alien Wars is called Probotector 2. As such, both "Probotector" games for the Game Boy form a separate subseries.
  • Browny, a miniature robot protagonist appearing in Contra: Hard Corps, and BR-W9, also a miniature robot protagonist from Contra ReBirth, bear notorious resemblances to Probotectors, likely being a nod to them but with a chibi design.
    • Browny's serial number is CX-1-DA300. In the European version of the game, all the rest of the protagonists were changed to combat robots closely following Probotector-like designs; also, their names were changed as different models of the CX series (Ray to CX-1, Sheena to CX-2, Fang to CX-3, and Browny to CX-4).
  • In Contra Returns, Sheena can summon a small robot called "CX-2", the same name as the combat robot that replaced her main timeline counterpart in the European version of Contra: Hard Corps (Lucia is also able to summon this robot).
  • In Contra Returns, a pair of combat robot characters were introduced, called Bull and Scar, who bear a strikingly similar design to the Probotectors (most likely being reimagined/modernized versions of them), who also belong to the CX series (although in that game's alternate universe), these being CX-1-DA-1000 and CX-1-DA-2000, respectively.
  • In Contra 4, there's an enemy called Proboterror. Fittingly enough, they are Probotector units that have been corrupted and altered by Black Viper's forces. In addition to a standard humanoid form, they can reconstitute themselves if destroyed, adopting the form of either a dog-like recon robot or an armed combat walker.
  • In Contra 4, the playable Probotector has three alternate colors. In addition to the standard gray RD008 color scheme, there's also a blue RC011 color scheme, a gold color scheme and a dark-purple color scheme.

See also

Contra
Organizations
Contra
Bill RizerLance BeanRD008RC011
Red Falcon
Defense WallGarmakilmaGromaidesGodomugaGuldafDograGordeaFinal Gate (NES) • Emperor Demon Dragon God JavaGomeramos King
Stages
JungleBaseWaterfallBase 2Snow FieldEnergy ZoneHangar ZoneAlien's Lair
Soundtrack
Super Contra
Organizations
Contra
Bill RizerLance BeanRD008RC011
Red Falcon
Bosses
Arcade
Entrance SecurityMagnusVoodoo-Mask AlienMetal AlienEmperor Demon Gava
NES
Great HeliMagnusSensorLaser ChandelierGiralalEmperor Demon GavaDethgerbisKimkoh
Minibosses
Arcade
M4A4 TankGreat HeliKrypto-CrustaceanSuspicious Face
NES
TuckerSpidalSuspicious Face
Stages
Arcade
Area 1Area 2Area 3Area 4Area 5
NES
Base Area 1Base Area 2JungleBase Area 3Base Area 4Alien Area 1Alien Area 2Alien Area 3
Soundtrack
Music from Super Contra & A-Jax
Contra III: The Alien Wars
Organizations
Contra
Bill RizerLance BeanJimboSullyRD008RC011
Red Falcon
Bosses
Slave Beast TakaBosco SpiderBig FuzzAnti-Contra Battleship DodriguezAnthellEmperor Demon GavaLiving Brain Organism SearleSix Men Feromedos
Minibosses
Middle FortressMagnus Mk.2Dome DefenderTri-Transforming Wall WalkerGarth BaseBrother Robots Kenny 1 & 2High Speed Tank BoobyTetranduckerSensor ArmFierce CannonRocket Ninja SasakiOggie GeneratorJavaGomeramos KingKimkohMetal Alien
Stages
Occupied City StreetDestroyed HighwayFactory ZoneAir BattleSheer CliffAlien's Main Base
Soundtrack
Contra III: The Alien Wars Original Video Game Soundtrack
Contra 4
Organizations
Contra
Canon
Bill RizerLance BeanMad DogScorpion
Non-canon
JimboSullySheena EtranziLuciaProbotectorSolomon Caesar
Red Falcon
Bosses
Defense WallGromaidesGodomugaMissile Hugger 3000 (gigantic form) • BarracudaBig FuzzCrustacean CruiserGomeramos KingBlack Viper (final form)
Minibosses
NoueiMissile Hugger 3000 (normal form) • ReaperMagnusArachnidBlack Viper
Stages
JungleLaboratoryBaseHarborOceanFactoryCityAlien HiveHarvest Yard
Soundtrack
Contra Dual Spirits Original Soundtrack
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